[RPG] Do attacks without proficiency have disadvantage?


Do attacks without proficiency have disadvantage or do they just use the modifier for the weapon? ie. dex or str

Best Answer

With weapons and weapon attack rolls, not having proficiency simply means you do not add the proficiency bonus associated with usual attack rolls. The primary reference to proficiency with respect to attack rolls appears as such in the Player's Handbook:

Proficiency Bonus. You add your proficiency bonus to your attack roll when you attack using a weapon with which you have proficiency, as well as when you attack with a spell.

Note that there is no reference to the user gaining advantage or disadvantage as a result of having or not having proficiency.

You may be confusing this rule with the rule for Armor, where not having proficiency in a given armor type does confer disadvantage. As written in the Player's Handbook:

Armor Proficiency. Anyone can put on a suit of armor or strap a shield to an arm. Only those proficient in the armor's use know how to wear it effectively, however.
Your class gives you proficiency with certain types of armor. If you wear armor that you lack proficiency with, you have disadvantage on any ability check, saving throw, or attack roll that involves Strength or Dexterity, and you can't cast spells.

But like I said, weapon proficiency doesn't affect advantage or disadvantage.